Kent Hull, the All-Pro center for the great Buffalo Bills teams of a generation ago has died, of an apparent heart attack.
Hull was regarded as the best center in the league from 1989-1991. I think that underrated him.
Hull started for all of his 11 year career, including the 1988-1993 when the Bills won 80 games (1 shy of San Francisco), including the most playoff wins of any team in that period (10), and the most playoff games in that period (16), although admittedly they lost 4 Super Bowls in a row.
As a fan of those Bills, I think the best evidence of how outstanding the offensive line was, is that the second-string halfback (Kenneth Davis) averaged no less than 4.4 yards per carry for 4 seasons in a row.
Also, as a fan, I knew the Bills were really in trouble in Super Bowl XXVII, not when Jim Kelly was injured because Frank Reich was a good backup, and not when Thurman Thomas was injured because Kenneth Davis was a good backup, but when Kent Hull was knocked out the game. He couldn’t be replaced. That’s when the rout started.